Teatro Music Hall
Calle del Parque and Avenida Juan Ponce de Leon,
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This movie theatre was part of the Del Parque street movie section that included the Teatro Radio City, Excelsior, Rex and Teatro Matienzo. One of the first features shown there was "The Robe" back in the 1950’s.
It was later run by MGM, along with the Metro. During the 1960’s and early-1970’s, it only showed MGM movies (the ones that were not important enough to be shown at the Metro) and Disney features.
The Teatro Music Hall is known to a whole generation of fans as the place to see all the great kiddie movies. From the "Absent Minded Professor" to "Swiss Family Robinson" to the "Tom and Jerry" festivals, they were all shown here.
In the late-1970’s, MGM sold the the theatre and it stopped being the great place for kiddie movies. It became an independent theatre and the quality of films dropped considerably. It featured mostly obscure titles, although the ocassional gem such as "Tati’s Traffic" would appear out of the blue.
In the early-1980’s, all of the Del Parque street movie houses began closing one by one, and the Teatro Music Hall was no exception. The last movie to play there was the lackluster film "Players" starring Ali McGraw. The name of that movie remained on the marquee for years.
In the mid-1990’s, the Puerto Rican government began a project to convert it into an experimental theatre venue. It seemed like a great idea, but as usual, they botched up the job. They completely tore down the interior of the theatre and only the outer shell remained!!!! And if that wasn’t bad enough, they ran out of funds and let it stand in that condition for years. A sad ending to a place that brings so many wonderful memories to so many.
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